Researchers in Sweden have reported that undergoing the menopause before the age of 47 can result in an increased risk of both mortality and fractures at the age of 77. They followed 390 women who had their bone mineral density measured at the age of 48 and again at 77. The team also collected data on mortality rates and the number of fractures until the women reached the age of 82.
Researchers at the University of Aberdeen have been looking at the research about lifestyle choices around such factors as healthy eating, smoking and physical activity and considering whether this has an impact on the way that alcohol affects the bone density of women during the menopause.
447 women aged between 60 and 80 of which up to 122 had undergone either hysterectomy and oophrectomy (removal of the ovaries) or only oophrectomy.
Women seeking to reduce the number and severity of menopausal symptoms may be offered a brand new treatment that is also thought to help build stronger bones.
Researchers in America have discovered that older women that drink tea have a 5% higher bone mineral density than those that do not drink tea.
According to The World Health Organisation some women may not be aware that they are at risk of developing osteoporosis because many bone mineral densitometry (BMD) tests only give results based on two sites, the hips and the spine, which do not give an accurate picture of the whole skeleton.